Woman Misses Her Dog So Much at Work She Starts Doodling... Now, Doodles Are Internet Sensation


There is a special bond between humans and their pets. Many consider their animals to be family members or even children.

It is also no secret that dog is man’s best friend, and that is truly the case for Gemma Gené and her pug Mochi.

“I hate biking personally but if it’s with him, I kind of like it,” Gené said. “I try to do everything with him.”

When Gené went to work as an architect, she would miss Mochi so much and had to find a way to cope.

“So, in my subway commute, I would draw little stories about him.”

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“Mochi is a very happy and sweet pug that sees life in a particular way,” she wrote on her website. “In his world his happy life is with his Mom (Mami) is truncated by the constant presence of his Dad. Also, he thinks he is a human and he shouldn’t walk up the stairs, that is why mums are for.”

Since then, her cartoons of her and Mochi have become an internet sensation and bring joy to other dog owners.

“They remind (people) of their dogs,” Gené said.

“A lot of people contact me like, ‘Oh my dog passed away but then I see your cartoons and they bring back good memories.”

Mochi is no longer the only dog in the spotlight, and he does not always seem pleased with his new brothers.

Huey and Duey are rescued chihuahuas that Mochi, in the comics, calls “the grosslets.”

“(They were) rescued from a puppy mill. And they were bred to be parents, so they would have had a life of being in a cage, just breeding,” Gené said.

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Before she could keep the puppies, Gené had to check with Mochi first.

“For me, Mochi always is the first so I was like, ‘If it’s good for him I’m keeping them, and if it’s bad for him I don’t want them.”

After Huey started copying everything Mochi did, the pug warmed up to the idea of having the new dogs around.

Now the three of them live happily with the human mom and dad, and Gené continues to draw their lives in her comics.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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